Article by Erisa Nesimi Reflecting Courtyard, By Modaam Architects, in Tehran, Iran. Located in the same area as the settlements of Ancient Persia, Tehran is not the same city it used to be. The tradition of wonderful gardens which once made the Persian Empire famous through the ages has been lost in the attempts at progress towards a modernized world. In this article we are looking at a project which aims to bring back forgotten concepts that used to make these cities great. Modaam Architects frame their project as: “A hopeful attempt to recall these yards which are lost among the municipal codes, parking ramps and the gray mass of buildings” and “In search of lost yard”.
Reflecting Courtyard by Modaam Architects
Related also to its name, this is a project of reflection on the past. Their proposal is not only helpful towards the environment, but it’s a recall to the gardens of the past which made their environments enjoyable places in which to live. Lately, not only Tehean, but the world in general, is losing the vitality and spirit of places. But, what makes this project special?Setting an Example for Future Projects A reflecting courtyard not only tries to learn from the past, but it also sets a benchmark for the future. Acting as a point of reference for other designs, the main concept of this project offers a lot to learn from. It represents an opportunity for better environments in which to live, work and play. It represents fewer environmental problems and healthier living conditions. The architects teach us that in order to build a better future, we should first look into the past. And certainly, in terms of urban development, Tehran can benefit a lot from these ideas. Transforming the Inner Atmosphere of the House Another reason why this design is so great is related to the way it has transformed the spaces, and how it has generated a variety of atmospheres. The garden is rather small in scale, but the impact on the surroundings is a considerable one. Experiencing it from the inner spaces, the courtyard adds vitality; it appears as if the garden is extending towards the inner environments, removing the barriers between the inside and outside. The garden creates atmospheres and enjoyable experiences not only by being in the outdoors, but it has transformed the inner environments of the house too. Walking past the doors that lead to the yard, or even glancing through the window becomes a wonderful experience due to the landscape features. Thoughtful Details Talking about landscape elements, the features which constitute this project are designed in such detail as to generate a unified design. The transition from the inside environment to the garden through the main door is emphasized by some simple extended steps of tiles and greenery, integrated with each other harmoniously. The hardscape is designed with brown tiles which emphasize the sense of warmth and organic quality of the project, whilst coordinating in perfect synchrony with the wall color. Placed in the corners of the yard space, the benches are made of wood, an element which accentuates the natural spirit of this design. Each and every element of this garden works individually but also as part of a holistic designed space. The greenery is a very present element in this project and it constitutes a prolific and fertile environment, with shrubs, grasses, and trees, which are placed in a hierarchical order from the shortest ones in the entrance of the garden to the tallest ones in the corners. This way, they allow for the possibility of a thorough view of the garden space. See More Garden Projects:
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Full Project Credits For the Reflecting Courtyard by Modaam Architects :
Project Name: Reflecting Courtyard Location: Tehran, Iran Client: Mr. Kardanpour Construction: Sazeh Sadr Architects: Modaam Architects Photographer: Alireza Behpour Learn more about Modaam: Website: www.modaam.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/modaam.architects LinkedIN: www.linkedin.com/in/modaam-architects Architizer: www.architizer.com/firms/modaam Blog: www.modaam.com/blog/ Recommended Reading:
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